Isaac Young Quartet
West Hartford, CT
Jam / Funk / Jazz
Everyone here in the IYQ family is extremely excited
to kick off the 2013 touring year this week. This is going to be a huge year for
us, so jump on board and come party with us all year long -- let's make this the
year of "Bourbon Soaked Jazz."
two big shows coming up to start off 2013 with a bang. First, we come to Anna Liffey's
in New Haven on Saturday January 26th and then return to Hartford at Arch Street
Tavern for our residency on January 31st. With these two gigs, we move closer and
closer to the release of our new album (more details and release information coming
We are also doing a taping for our first
television appearance on WCCT-TV for Chip's Unnamed Local Band Show.We will be talking
about the new album and performing a song from it as well! Airing time and details
If you haven't yet, please make sure to
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are the details about the two upcoming shows:
Anna Liffey's Pub
Ave. New Haven, CT
$3 door/ 21+
IYQ plays a
60 minute set supported by local bands Party Horse and The New Dirty
The Arch Street Tavern
Arch Street Hartford, CT
$7 adv or $10 day of show
Chaos plays opening set followed by a 90 minute set from IYQ. We go on closer to
10:00pm, but make sure to come check out Hot Chaos!
tickets are recommended, follow this link and save a few dollars: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/192043-isaac-young-quartet-hartford/
hope to see you at one of the shows. We have plenty more coming up in the next few
months. Bring your dancing shoes and we will see you soon!
"We kind of do the jam-band circuit as well as the jazz circuit," explains Isaac
Young, whose group took the Best Jazz spot at the CT Music Awards last year and
has been "riding that wave of momentum" ever since. "We've been trying to blur the
line for people between straight-ahead jazz, bebop, swing and everything, and the
jam-band scene, like funk and danceable music and things of that nature," he says.
The band never repeats a show and never plays a song the same way twice. Instead
of just trading off solos like typical jazz bands, they have moments of collective
improvisation in which the music takes on a life of its own. In addition to performing,
everyone in the band teaches in the West Hartford / Hartford area where they're
based. The group originally formed in 2006 with a different lineup, and kept mutating
until they discovered the lineup and sound they've currently got. Since 2011 the
core group has been: Isaac Young on sax and piano, Jesse Combs on guitar, Jon Dostou...cont Mike
Sembos, The Hartford Advocate
"The jazz world is roomy,
with many corners to explore.
There's the academic scene, always looking to progress the game a step or two, wary
of retracing steps and just fine with alienating a few listeners, thanks. There's
also smooth jazz, hugely popular with mainstream listeners and best enjoyed during
trips to the dentist.
Somewhere in between lurk the jam-band jazzers — purveyors of accessible, groove-oriented
funk for ass-shaking and stretched-out, rock-influenced improvisations. They approach
jazz with brains and libido. It will entertain the Cabernet-sipping night club set,
but mostly it succeeds at animating throngs of stoned noodle-dancers.
The Isaac Young Quartet, who'll open for pianist Marco Benevento at Arch Street Tavern
on Thursday, wear the patchouli proudly. But it wasn't necessarily a conscious decision
to seek out the jam-band scene.
Continued...please click link to finish article." Michael Hamad, The Hartford Advocate
"To say Isaac Young, a
25-year-old bandleader from New Britain, is just a jazz musician, or even just a
saxophone player, isn't quite right. True, his groups — a Trio, a Quartet,
a groove-jazz project called Puremotion and another called the Trio from Rio —
improvise. And yes, tenor sax is Young's weapon of choice. (He also rocks a mean
Rhodes piano and EWI, short for "electronic wind instrument.") If there's a conceptual
thread running through his projects, however, it's rhythmic, not generic: they all
groove. "If you can't dance to the music, why play it?" Young said. "If people don't
get out of their chairs, what's the point?" Young's a Framingham, Mass. native and
a classically trained pianist. He was playing jazz with his own band at 14. He was
later a student at the University of Hartford's prestigious Jackie McLean Institute.
"It was with a sense of hopeful optimism that I started pursuing the jazz thing,"
Young said. Continued...." Michael Hamad, CT Advocate
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